Let’s Talk About Razor Safety For Black Men.
This website wouldn’t be credible at all if we didn’t address this matter. And for most of us, whenever the subject of shaving comes up, the obvious issue is razor bumps. Well, what if I said to you that the problem isn’t with the bumps, but the education? Then would you be willing to listen? (and props to Craig the barber, that’s his line)
Brothers, out hair grows differently. And since using a razor can cut our hair too short (to the point that it grows and curls back underneath the skin) leading to razor bumps, it is paramount that we practice sound razor safety. That’s why we’re going to discuss quality razor safety in this post.
- Before you even begin to shave, make sure you relax your head and/or face by washing with hot water. Or just take a shower. And this isn’t just my opinion: Alex Campbell (a master barber) says so too.
- Whether you use regular ol’ soap, a face cleanser or a special face cleaner, the point is to allow your head and face to be sufficiently relaxed and prepared for the blade.
- Take your time. Don’t skin your face like you’re shucking corn! Shave in smooth, clean strokes. This will aid you in achieving a more even shave. And most importantly it will prevent the constant scraping of the same area of your head/face…which can directly result in Pseudofolliculitis barbae. Razor bumps.
- KEEP YOUR BLADE CLEAN! This is a biggie folks. A clean blade cuts sharper and more cleanly. A duller blade does not do so. Which again, can irritate your head/face and lead to razor bumps. I would strongly suggest rinsing the razor off after no more than every two strokes.
- SHAVE WITH THE GRAIN. Shall I repeat myself? SHAVE. WITH. THE. GRAIN. If you insist on shaving against the grain, then get ready for razor bumps and irritation. (Sure some dudes can get away with doing it, but are you willing to bet your face on that?) Still don’t believe me? Well these guys say it too – and their clientele is white. Yup, it’s important for all men.
- Aim for only one stroke. That means try to go over any area of your head/face only once. This will dramatically reduce the chances of cuts, irritation, and (say it with me) razor bumps. Going over a spot you missed won’t doom you (splash a little water over it and make the cut), but the key is not to constantly hack at an area of your head. That scraping WILL irritate your skin. Remember, we’re not using a set of clippers fellas.
- Stay on the safe side: change out that disposable razor after every three shaves. Tops. That’s just a sound method for your hustle. Even by taking good care of the razors, our aim is to stay bump and irritation free. This will aid us in achieving our goal. Observe this rule without fail.
- Not everyone agrees, but I say go with a multi blade razor. A triple blade will do you just fine. My personal opinion is since you only want one pass over your head and face, a multi blade razor works best for your needs. The triple action works to give you a much cleaner shave without going over an area multiple times.
- Closely inspect your razor for nicks and wedges of hair between the blades. If you see either, discard it.
- Most of all, stay safe! Shave alone, with no tv, no radio, and no phone. This is an activity you want to devote your full concentration to while you’re getting the hang of things. You can call that person back. But the key here is to eliminate any and all distractions while you have a sharp instrument pointed at your head.